OKC Dodgers 9 – Sacramento River Cats (Giants) 8
After scoring 10 runs on 18 hits on Tuesday, OKC scored 8 more on 7 hits and 10 walks. Beau Burrows started for OKC and ran into trouble in the first. He allowed a single and double putting runners on 2nd and 3rd, and both scored on a Jason Krizan single giving the River Cats a quick 2-0 lead.
OKC got them right back in the 2nd thanks to a HBP, 2 singles, and a Kevin Pillar sac fly, tying the game at 2-2.
Sacramento retook the lead in the 4th with two solo HRs: Austin Dean (2) and Ricardo Genoves (2).
In the 5th, the Dodgers took the lead for good with 3. Kevin Pillar and Miguel Vargas walked to open the inning. Eddy Alvarez was HBP to load the bases. Andy Burns doubled home Pillar and Vargas with the tying runs. Ryan Noda walked to load the bases again with nobody out. Tomás Telis grounded into a DP to score the go ahead run.
The Dodgers scored 4 more in the 6th. Omar Estevez and Ty Kelly walked. Kevin Pillar doubled home both Estevez and Kelly. One out later Eddy Alvarez slugged a 2-run HR (3) for a 5 run lead.
In the 7th, with Sam Gaviglio pitching his 3rd inning, the River Cats strung together 3 consecutive singles and double by Sacramento hitting star Jason Krizan to score 2. A third run scored on a ground out.
The Cats drew one run closer in the 8th. With Jon Duplantier now on the hill, the Cats got a leadoff double by Alex Blandino, and with 2 outs Luis Gonzalez singled him home.
The River Cats put up a rally in the 9th that fell short. With former SFG closer Reyes Moronta trying to close out the game, he allowed a leadoff single, but the pinch runner was erased on an attempted SB. That was followed by two walks, but Moronta retired the next two batters for the save.
The Dodgers have now won 5 in a row, and have moved their record to 10-4. They are now tied for 1st in the PCL West with the Round Rock Express (Texas).
Tulsa Drillers 7 vs Springfield Cardinals 5
Michael Busch and Carson Taylor were the hitting stars in this game. The each put together three hits and 2 RBIs to lead the 13-hit attack.
The Drillers got on the board fist in the 3rd. James Outman led off with a single and scored ahead of a Michael Busch HR (3). The Driller scored two more in the 4th. With one out, Kody Hoese stayed hot with a double (2). Hoese scored on a triple (1) by Jacob Amaya, and Amaya followed him home on a Jeren Kendall single.
In the meantime, Michael Grove as an opener pitched two perfect innings, striking out 3. He threw 20 pitches (14 strikes). With Tanner Dodson pitching in his 2nd inning, he allowed a single and three walks for the Cardinals 1st run in the 4th.
The Drillers jumped back with 2 more in the 5th. With two outs, Justin Yurchak singled, and came home on a Ryan Ward double (2). Ward then scored on a Carson Taylor double (2).
Jose Martinez relieved Dodson. In the 6th, Martinez lost all control. He walked the leadoff hitter on 4 pitches. With the count 1-0, he hit the next batter. Jose threw a WP, but walked the next batter on 4 pitches. Julio Rodriguez singled home 2. With runners on 1st and 3rd, a ground ball force out, the Cardinals 3rd run of the inning scored.
Michael Busch doubled to open the 7th. Busch came home on a Carson Taylor single. With Nick Robertson on the bump, the Cardinals answered with three singles and a run of their own in the bottom of the 7th.
After a perfect 8th, the Cardinals started to rally against Robertson. Andy Pages who has been making some incredible defensive plays, threw behind the batter/runner at 1st to get the 1st out. With a runner on 3rd and one out, Guillermo Zuniga relieved Robertson and proceeded to strikeout the next two batters to record his second save.
Driller pitchers allowed 9 hits and 5 walks, but came away with a victory. The Drillers have now won three in a row, and have an 8-3 record, and are in 1st place in the Texas League North.
Lake County Captains (Cleveland) 7 – Great Lakes Loons 0
The Loons continued their offensive woes in a home loss evening the series at 1 game apiece. The Loons had five singles and five walks, but could not push across a run.
Cole Percival pitched a solid 3.0 innings without surrendering a run. He allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 Ks. Brian Duensing relieved Percival and the Captains put together 3 doubles and a single for 3 runs. Duensing allowed 2 more hits in the 5th, but no additional runs.
With Carlos Alejo pitching in the 6th in relief of Duensing, the Captains broke it open. It started out very ominously. He walked the first batter, WP to second, balk to third, and another WP to score. Another walk and balk put a runner on 2nd. Alejo issued his 3rd free pass of the inning. On a ground ball fielding error, the 2nd run of the inning scored. Alejo allowed a 2-run single and he headed to the showers.
Antonio Knowles relieved Alejo and finished the inning. Knowles and Kevin Malisheski pitched a scoreless 7-9.
Imanol Vargas had two hits for the Loons.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 – Modesto Nuts (Seattle) 1
The Quakes used a 4 run 6th and some clutch pitching from starter Kendall Williams and 5 relievers to record a series tying 4-1 victory.
With one out, Alex De Jesus singled. Damon Keith and Luis Rodriguez followed with singles to load the bases. Jake Vogel walked to score De Jesus. A sacrifice fly by Luis Yanel Diaz scored Keith. Rodriguez and Vogel scored the final two Quake runs on a fielding error.
Wildness from the fourth reliever, Kelvin Bautista, broke the shutout. Bautista allowed a single and walked three to give the Nuts their only run of the game. Madison Jeffrey relieved Bautista and struck out Robert Perez to end the game.
The Quake pitchers only allowed three singles, but also gave up 11 walks. They also had 13 Ks on the night. Offensively, Alex De Jesus was the hitting star with a double and 2 singles. Julio Carrion had 2 singles.
RC moves to 6-5.